Marissa Alexander Released

marissa_alexander-600

Brad Wong: Though no one was injured and Alexander had never been arrested on suspicion of a crime before, a judge said that Florida state law mandated that she be sentenced to a 20-year prison term. The decision sparked an intense debate about race and the criminal justice system.

LA County Jail Tour

mens-central-jail-sheriff

Nyabingi Kuti: After touring the LA County Jail I concluded that the condition were so inhumane that If the arrestees didn’t have mental problems when they arrived, there’s a good chance they’d develop mental problems before leaving.

Crime Survivors Forum Asks That Grief Shape Policy

Gun Control 31

Dick Price: Organized by the 18-month-old nonprofit, Californians for Safety and Justice and cosponsored by LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino, the “Crime Victims for Safety and Justice” forum rang a litany of pain and loss and grief matched to calls for change, pleas for resources, and promises of progress.

JFK and the Lone Gunman

jfk-dallas-590

Joe Palermo: Given its epic flaws and omissions, it’s little wonder that the Warren Report, which the Commission presented to President Johnson with great fanfare on September 28, 1964, has been over the years widely condemned as a monumental government fraud.

Why Snowden’s Passport Matters

teddy-350

Norman Solomon: Although Snowden was able to stay in Russia, revocation of his U.S. passport has been a crucial weapon to prevent him from crossing an international border for any reason other than to come home to prison in the United States.

Why Don’t Youth Curfews Work?

kansas-city-curfew-350

Mike Males: Doesn’t it seem logical that a curfew requiring police to remove an entire group of people from public spaces for hours would at least reduce public crimes and safety risks involving that group? Well, it doesn’t.

Money Talks, Reason Walks

scalia-broccoli

Robin Lakoff: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission will do for wealthy individuals what Citizens United did for corporations: allow them to give essentially unlimited amounts of money to political parties and candidates.

Congress Needs to Act to Reduce Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Thomas P. Moss and Walter G. Moss: Not only would passage of the Justice Safety Valve Act prevent lives and money from being lost down the drain. It would also demonstrate to politicians and average citizens in this time of ideological rigidity that Congress still can, at least occasionally, come together to work for the common good.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...